Perfect time for mindfulness

The Perfect Time for Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/04/2017

The lilies are so perfect … But what in this world is perfect? I bend closer and see how this one is clearly lopsided – and that one wears an orange blight – and this one is a glossy cheek half nibbled away – and that one is a slumped purse full of its own…

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The wise information of your body

Access the Wise Information of your Body through Mindfulness

By Yvette | 07/04/2017

‘All our reactions to people, to situations, to thoughts in our mind – are actually reactions to the kind of sensations that are arising in our body.’ Tara Brach, ‘Radical Acceptance’ It’s easy for us all to forget that our bodies are finely-tuned towards wisdom. You can access the wise information of your body every…

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The present moment

Why it’s So Easy to Avoid the Present Moment

By Yvette | 10/03/2017

What Happens When You Stop to Be Still and Do Nothing in the Present Moment? Absolutely nothing but be with yourself in the present moment? When you sit in silence and stillness you are completely aware and present. This is your mindful meditation. As you sit for a few seconds, how easy it is to…

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Learn Mindfulness Together

5 Reasons to Learn Mindfulness Together

By Yvette | 20/01/2017

I teach Mindfulness at venues across East Hampshire, including Alton and Liphook. So I thought you might like these 5 reasons to learn mindfulness together on a course: 1. Learn mindfulness together. With all the good intentions in the world, it’s easy to fall by the wayside on your own. You will benefit from the…

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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Make it a Mindful Little Christmas Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. When you experience a mindful little Christmas it can be one of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! Mindful Listening and Presence ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player…

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Mindfulness is a string of pearls

Mindfulness is a String of Pearls

By Yvette | 18/11/2016

Mindfulness is a string of pearls that holds together the best values you might wish to embody: acceptance peace patience gratitude compassion joy love and so many more strong qualities Mindfulness If you practice mindfulness and meditation, it doesn’t mean you shut the world out. It’s not about staying safe in your own little bubble.…

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feel good enough

‘I Don’t Feel Good Enough!’

By Yvette | 30/09/2016

Most of us put on a brave front. We push ourselves harder and we keep positive. And yet beneath the veneer of success or mask of serenity that we’ve created, we often don’t feel good enough. Those Constant Stories A ‘trance of unworthiness’ lies beneath all our endeavours. This is Tara Brach’s term – a…

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Mindful gardening

Mindful Gardening

By Yvette | 26/08/2016

We’re all gardeners! What is Mindful Gardening? Your mind is like a piece of land planted with many different kinds of seeds: seeds of joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger…, fear, hate, and forgetfulness. These wholesome and unwholesome seeds are always there, sleeping in the soil of your mind. The quality…

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Living or surviving

Are you Living or Surviving? Mindfulness is the key

By Yvette | 19/08/2016

Are you living or surviving? Much of what we do is on auto-pilot where our minds are elsewhere or caught up in anxiety. Thich Nhat Hhan talks about ‘…hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance …’  We’re never present! In all areas of our lives this can…

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Place of Serenity | Stay Calm and Centred

Stay Calm and Centred

By Yvette | 24/06/2016

How can mindfulness help you to stay calm and centred when it feels like chaos all around you? Our body’s naturally in-built defense system means that we’re hard-wired to react with fear. It’s the default setting of our ancestors based on wanting to survive. It is readily triggered in every one of us in our…

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Something's got to change

Something’s Got to Change

By Yvette | 25/03/2016

What Prompts You to Try Something New? It might be curiosity. Or following a trend. Perhaps you don’t want to miss out. Maybe you’re desperate to make changes in your life and something’s got to change. We are surrounded by the need for change. (Sexism, power inequality, corruption, greed – a need for underlying change…

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Feeling bad about yourself

3 Ways to Avoid Feeling Bad About Yourself

By Yvette | 04/03/2016

You’re going about your day when you suddenly start feeling bad about yourself. Do you know that experience? Out of the blue you get one of these strong feelings that you aren’t doing very well. You start feeling bad about yourself and your inner critic bad-mouths you. Here are 3 common situations and how you…

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A seasonal round-up of mindfulness

A Seasonal Round-up of Mindfulness for Christmas

By Yvette | 18/12/2015

I’ve scooped up a few festive blog posts for you to dip into. Here you will find a seasonal round-up of mindfulness for Christmas. Easy tips and reminders to keep it simple. So you can enjoy what you have and share your goodwill out to others. By staying mindful, present and open-hearted, you can bring…

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Meditation as a political act

Meditation as a Political Act

By Yvette | 20/11/2015

Have you ever thought of meditation as a political act? In recent days I’ve turned to Jack Kornfield’s book, ‘The Wise Heart’ especially chapter 22 ‘Tending the World’ as the world is feeling unsettled, violent and hurting. Here, Jack Kornfield talks about the Buddhist approach to dealing with politics in the world and looks to…

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Calm day

What Would a Day of Mindfulness be Like?

By Yvette | 04/09/2015

A day of mindfulness could be any day in your life. The difference to any of your other days is that you would be fully present in everything that you do. So that would be a challenge! It would be like a young child who greets each day as it really is – completely new!…

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What you were never taught at school

What You Were Never Taught at School

By Yvette | 21/08/2015

‘Mind management’ – this is certainly what you were never taught at school! Have a browse, and learn how you can manage stress, negative emotions, anxiety and anger to name a few! Emotional resilience is not a school subject so this round up of blog posts steps in to teach about the power of mindfulness.…

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Get started with Mindfulness

Get Started with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 26/06/2015

Get started with Mindfulness Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015. Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay! Why are more and…

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Notice nature

Simple Mindfulness – Notice Nature!

By Yvette | 18/04/2015

Notice Nature One of the simplest things to do to become more mindful is to notice nature. You can be mindful of: Your own breath The tasks you are doing before you The story-telling that your mind is getting caught up in Yet all the time, nature is happening outside your window. It’s there on…

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Place of Serenity | The Truth About Why You Need Mindfulness

The Truth about Why you Need Mindfulness

By Yvette | 31/01/2015

You’re a busy person. You feel that you don’t have time to slow down. So here is the truth about why you need mindfulness and what could it mean for you. Mindfulness means ‘awareness’ Another meaning for ‘mindfulness’ is ‘awareness’. So, if are always rushing on to the next moment, what happens to the one…

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Place of Serenity | Treasure of mindfulness

The Priceless Treasure of Mindfulness

By Yvette | 17/01/2015

Learning to be mindful is like being given a huge treasure chest – a treasure of mindfulness As many times as you dip into it, there is always something new you learn about yourself and there are always different ways to be inspired. So how does mindfulness help? I asked this recently to some of…

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Place of Serenity | Eat, drink & be merry

Eat, Drink and be Merry

By Yvette | 17/12/2014

We eat and drink all the time We couldn’t survive without food and drink! Yet how much ‘stuff’ goes on around this process! How often do we eat and drink thoughtlessly! How often are we worrying over what we eat and what we ‘mustn’t eat’. We eat for comfort Nibble while we’re busy checking emails…

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